Your eyes don’t deceive you. This AR magwell doesn’t bear the standard of a rampant Colt, the crosshairs and lion of an ArmaLite, or the generic logo of a ‘Your Name Here’ parts-bin AR builder. That’s the FN logo, because this is a new FN-15 carbine . . .
FN has been making military M16s and M4s for years, so I’m not sure you can quite call the FN-15 an ‘M4gery.’ The FN-15 doesn’t share the M4’s full-auto bolt group or receiver (no surprise there, eh?) and it also sports a chrome-lined, button-broached 1:7″ barrel instead of one of FNH’s legendary cold hammer-forged barrels.
It comes with all the bits you expect on an upper entry-level flattop AR with a $1000 street price, and it tips the scales at seven pounds empty. The price includes one 30-round magazine (except in Colorado or NY, of course) and a cable lock which you will immediately throw away.
It also includes a detachable carrying handle with A2 rear sights, which I’ve never actually had on an AR before. To my surprise, I like the dual-aperture rear sight and we’ll probably keep it for most of the practical testing.
FNH sources their own 6-position buttstock, and it comes with a unique reinforced toe. I appreciate this feature, because I once had an off-brand M4 stock fail at the toe while the rifle was slung up in a 3-point sling. The sling swivel fell out and the rifle’s butt headed for the ground while its muzzle headed toward my face. I somehow snatched it out of midair before it lasered me, but I’ve been leery of M4 sling swivels ever since.
But enough about butts in slings. This rifle looks pretty sweet, but I’ll probably hand this review off to Joe Grine since I also just picked up a piston-driven AR pistol (a PWS MK107) for testing.